SOMA After Dark features Brian Nahlen Band on South on Main stage

SOMA After Dark :: Brian Nahlen BandThe Brian Nahlen Band is bringing the funk to SOMA After Dark on Friday, June 7 at South on Main.

The show begins at 9 pm. Tickets may be purchased for $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets do not guarantee a seat, to reserve a table call (501) 244-9660.


A wonderfully eclectic mix of rock and funk, sweet ballads and dynamic protest anthems, the Brian Nahlen Band includes six accomplished musicians who blend original music and reimagined covers into every show. The lineup features frontman and guitarist Brian Nahlen, guitarist Jason Lee Hale, keyboardist Tommy Priakos, sax player Dave Williams II, bassist BrianWolverton and drummer Daniel Olah.

Nahlen is an Arkansas Ambassador. His original music has been called “finely crafted, soulful, deftly fuses funk, jazz, gospel, pop and hip hop.” The Band’s live performances showcase each player’s forte, and no two gigs are the same.

Nahlen has released two albums, “Better Than I Thought It Could Be” (the title track was featured in an Arkansas Parks and Tourism commercial) and “Cicada Moon,” and three singles: “I Might Be Leavin’” (feat. Big Piph), “In the Old Days” and “You Fool.” All of these are available on iTunes, Spotify and other streaming services.

A socially conscious lot, Nahlen and the Band often play benefit shows, which in 2018 alone helped KABF, Puerto Ricans in Arkansas (Nahlen coordinated this), The Van, the Buffalo River and Animal Village. They also performed at the inaugural Central Arkansas Music Awards.

Nahlen started playing guitar 30 years ago and has been a full-time musician for the last 15. He regularly performs alone, in his namesake full band or in a duo with Hale, Nick Devlin, or Luke Johnson. Past stints include Dead Fish, Sunny Daze, Big John Miller Band, Quadraphonic and Pepperland. Once a month, he hosts the Collage Radio Show on KABF.

Today from noon to 11pm, Legends of Arkansas in Riverfront Park

LOA_logoLegends of Arkansas, the all-day, family-friendly live music and art festival, is Saturday, September 19, 2015. This is the third annual all-Arkansas, grassroots event to be held at Riverfront Park in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. We will celebrate some of the best artists and musicians in Arkansas, as well as independent businesses from around the state with free admission to the public.

The music starts at 12:00 p.m. and continues until 11:00 p.m. with more than twenty live bands on two stages; the History Pavilion and First Security Amphitheater. Artists include Adam Faucett & the Tall Grass, The Wild Flowers, Barrett Baber, Good Foot, Whole Fam Damily, Ducktronaut, Collin vs. Adam, Big Piph, Stephan James, Makenzie Jordan, Franko Coleman, Fisher DeClerk, Sarah Cecil, Chris Long Acoustic, Brian Nahlen, Chris DeClerk Solo, Charlotte Taylor w/ Matt Stone, Mothwind, Federalis, Sick Numbles, Groovecluster, S!Bass Cadet, and DJ DripFunk. The Master of Ceremonies will be Mr. Mike Poe with special guest appearances from Shoog Radio’s own Aaron Sarlo and Kara Bibb from KABF.

On the main stage, in between the music, there will be performing artists, pitch competition finals, a hip-hop workshop and award presentations. ReCreation Studios will perform live art around the park throughout the day with stilt-walkers, hula hoop dancers, aerial silk performances on the main stage, and a special fire performance after headlining act, Adam Faucett. Paul Prater will amaze once again with his fringe style performing art. There will also be different artist demonstrating their art throughout the park.

The walkways around the amphitheater will be lined with local art and craft vendors, including some Etsy Little Rock vendors. Small businesses, including some of the finest local food trucks, will be set up around the festival to promote and showcase their businesses, as well as nonprofits, to educate on their causes. Legends of Arkansas, local businesses, and nonprofits hope to show the public how easy it can be to spend and keep our money in our own community.

Legends of Arkansas is family-friendly and admission is free.

Tonight as part of Arkansas Sounds – Brian Nahlen in concert

Arkansas Sounds celebrates the wide spectrum of Arkansas music and musicians.  Tonight, they are offering a concert in one of the newest CALS facilities – Hillcrest Hall on Kavanaugh.

Singer/songwriter Brian Nahlen, a Central Arkansas  native, will perform a few Beatles favorites, such as “Blackbird,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and original music from his debut album, Better Than I Thought It Could Be, released in February 2015.

The concert starts at 7pm at 1501 Kavanaugh (the wedge formed by Kavanaugh and Lee streets).  Admission is $5.

Sounds of Arkansas celebrated with Arkansas Sounds concert lineup

arkansas_sounds_2013In 2015, Arkansas Sounds’ monthly concert series features diverse artists ranging from progressive jazz to historic folk music. For concerts at the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS)Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., tickets may be purchased and Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed, but may be picked up in the theater’s lobby one hour prior to the show. For the concert at Hillcrest Hall, 1501 Kavanaugh Blvd., tickets may be purchased at the door one hour prior to the event. For concerts with free admission, reservations are not required. For more information, call 501-918-3033.

Charley Sandage & Harmony

Friday, February 13, 7:30 p.m., Free

Ron Robinson Theater

Charley Sandage and Harmony, a Mountain View trio comprising Mary and Robert Gillihan and Dave Smith, perform original songs that tell stories about people and events that shaped Arkansas. The group plays traditional instruments including fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, autoharp, bass, button accordion, harmonica, pickin’ bow, and spoons.


Bill Frisell & Kenny Wollesen

Monday, February 23, 7 p.m., $20 General Admission

Ron Robinson Theater

Bill Frisell is a jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger whose eclectic style touches on progressive folk, classical, country, and noise music. He has released over 30 albums, received numerous Grammy nominations, and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2005. Kenny Wollesen, a drummer and percussionist, has recorded and toured with artists such as Tom Waits, Sean Lennon, Norah Jones, and John Zorn, among many others.


Celtic Cultural Celebration Featuring Lyon College Pipe Band

Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m., Free

Ron Robinson Theater

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate Celtic culture with an Arkansas Sounds concert, featuring the Lyon College Pipe Band, an award-winning bagpipe band from Batesville, Arkansas. The concert will include traditional Scottish bagpipe music, Scottish and Irish dancers, and a ceilidh (Celtic) band with guitars, accordions, uilleann (Irish) pipes, and singers.


Brian Nahlen

Friday, April 17, 7 p.m., $5 General Admission

Hillcrest Hall

Singer/songwriter Brian Nahlen, a North Little Rock native, will perform a few Beatles favorites, such as “Blackbird,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and original music from his debut album, Better Than I Thought It Could Be, to be released in February, 2015.


The Wildflowers (Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, Mandy McBryde)

Friday, May 29, 7 p.m., $10 General Admission

Ron Robinson Theater

Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, and Mandy McBryde have recently formed the Wildflowers, performing music with folk, country, rock, and blues influences. This concert will feature a brief solo set by each artist, followed up with a full set to be performed by the trio with a backing band.


Arkansas Sounds is a project of the Butler Center focusing on Arkansas music and musicians past and present. For more information, visit or call 501-918-3033.